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7 Jul



I first came across Underberg innocently sitting on the supermaket shelf in its cute little bottle and promising bitters and herbal flavours.

So when I naively decided to try some I wasn’t expecting what hit me. This stuff is potent! Not only is it strong in alcohol (44%) it’s super strong in taste.

Herbal bitters crossed with neat alcohol mixed with a warming sensation (it always gives me a hot flush) creates a taste that must be doing you good as its hard to get enjoyment out of it was my conclusion.

Yet it’s strangely addictive….

I went onto buying a tin of 12 bottles in Duty Free and discovered inside the joy that is the Underberg collections. If you save enough bottle lids you too can own a special Underbeg glass (96 tops), carrying twin tin (48 tops) or even truck which holds 24 bottles and has personalised number plates (336 tops).

So far I have 10 tops.

I have tried getting anyone who visits to drink one with the promise they can keep the bottle (but of course not the top) but no-one has fallen for it twice so my collection is slow growing.

I may have to resort to trying some Underberg cocktails to one day earn my truck:

Untier of Knots (Underberg with rum, pineapple, Scotch, Madeira and more Scotch- all working to disguide that crazy taste I’m sure)

Make way for Underberg article

Underberg cocktails (I take no responsibility for what happens if you drink any of these. Especially if you mix it with milk!)

The Afterbird (Underberg, Tabasco, espresso and more…)

The Red Light (Underberg, Bols Genever and Grand Marnier)

Some Underberg Links:

A truly strange Underberg advert

An Underberg cocktail on Eating Icecream in the Dark

Article on Cask Strength What is Underberg and why is it so amazing

Underberg an appreciation

Off the presses- Underberg

Spirits Review- Underberg

Food Riot- An Ode to Underberg



7 Jun
bitterwithatwist_campariList No. 4 artwork by Mrs Eliot Books

My first taste of Campari was awful so I don’t know what tempted me to try it again but I’m glad I did.

Over the years my love for it has grown and I’m never without a bottle at home.


Weirdly most pubs also have it so without trying you can make a ‘poor man’s Negroni’ by adding it to gin if you have that bitter craving and a pint doesn’t appeal. If your thirst for bitters is extreme then Campari with a dash of Angostura Bitters (which most pubs also have) will fill the need.

To me Campari tastes bitter and sugary with slight woody and herbal touch but plenty of fruit flavour (especially oranges). It is a great drink and also works really work in sorbets or ices or combined with them- blood orange sorbert with ice cold Campari poured over it won my heart one hot day.

Drinks I love with Campari:



Campari and grapefruit

Campari and soda

Campari and Tonic Water

My list of Campari cocktails to try:

Bloodhound #2 (vodka, campari, grapefruit)

Cardinale (variation on Negroni with different quantities of ingredients)

Capitano (Campari, Carpano Antica Formul, lemon juice and sugar syrup)

Caipi (Campari, lime and sugar syrup)

Milano (a Negroni with Vodka)

Negroni Tredici (A Negroni with added Cynar)

The Quad (Vodka, Campari, orange juice and Cointreau)

Dutch Count Negroni (Negroni with Bols Genever)

Rhubarb Lucca Negroni (Campari, gin, Carpano Antica Formula and Rabarbaro)

Cumbersome (cucumber, gin, Campari and orange juice)

Death in Venice (Campari, grapefruit bitters topped with Prosecco)

Diamond Dog (Campari, orange juice, roses Lime and dry Vermouth)

Cornwall Negroni (gin, campari, Punt E Mes, orange bitters, sweet vermouth)

Dolce Amaro (Campari, Amaretto and dry vermouth)

and about 70 others…

Campari Links:

Campari tasting notes on Drinks Enthusiast

Campari tasting notes on Diffords Guide

The Cocktail Geek review of Campari

Campari, the Italian classic that still has style

The art of Campari

How to drink Campari

Profile of Campari

Campari on Twitter

Good food guide to Campari

Difford Guide to search for Campari cocktails

Campari recipes

Carpano Antica Formula
½ shot Rabarbaro
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